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Unread 4th June 2019, 12:53 AM
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I've decided to do a 3 month trip around Australia in my 2017 Outback, with the focus on the Kimberley area. I'll be starting in Tassie, driving across the Nullarbor to Perth, up the coast to Exmouth, across to Darwin via the Kimberley, then down through Alice Springs and maybe the Oodnadata track, and back to Tassie.

I thought I better make a post since this site has helped me in deciding what I should and should not do on a tight budget for this trip.

I have a 2.5 Outback, and since the budget is tight, I decided to skip the lift kit at this stage and go with 235/60r18 Yokohama Geloandar G015s on stock rims ($1400 for 5), King KSRS-56 rear springs ($150 for springs, $200 install), and a Subaxtreme sump guard ($510 w/ shipping self install). All my other money has gone into kitting the car out so I can live out of it with my partner.

The G015 in the larger than stock size fits in the spare wheel well fine. But from what I read it only fits in the Australian model Outback because we have a smaller 60L fuel tank.

I have also copied this for a great storage idea for jackets etc
I'll update the thread as I get things onto the car in the next month before I leave.

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If it were me, I'd prioritise the lift BEFORE the tyres....

Speaking from experience, clearance has been the main attribute that has got me to some of Australia's most amazing locations. I felt the car went better on sand using road tyres, my ATs only really proved themselves in deep mud and clay.

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Thanks for the input Tweaksta, and I did consider it. However I’m going to have the car loaded right up with weight and I didn’t like the thought of those stock tires carrying loads of weight on gravel roads. The Geolandars aren’t that aggressive anyway, just tougher for a bit more confidence. Also, as it’ll be my first trip, if I can’t get somewhere I want to, I’ll just have to save it for the next trip! There’s too many places to do in 3 short months. That’s my logic anyway.
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That's a fair assumption, and new tyres do make the car feel good. You'll have a cracker. Enjoy!!
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Sounds like a great trip! Good tyres are important especially if you're going to do Gibb River Rd which has very sharp shale in places and will rip HT tyres with ease.
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Thanks guys, definitely looking forward to it!
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@hhouston6 can I assume you'll be in the Kimberley in winter ("The Dry")? It gets very uncomfortable in summer ("The Wet") along with impassable roads due to flooding.
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Yeah we’ll get there late August I reckon. Probably a bit late for the best conditions but hopefully we can still enjoy it.
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It's usually still OK up to September
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Grumpy old man's take on tyres:
I don't think one 'needs' AT tyres for good gravel roads such as the Oodnadatta Track. From my poking around tyre shops I reckon good quality road tyres have stronger sidewalls and fewer places for sharp stones to get stuck than ordinary AT tyres. Look at some sample tyres and feel for yourself, particularly between the blocks. You don't need the extra grip of an AT tyre on a good, fairly flat gravel road, and certainly not on bitumen. You'll do 90% of the trip on bitumen after all. My Bridgestone Ecopia tyres have very stiff sidewalls. I did the Ood Track and to and from Arkaroola on half worn original equipment Yokos without trouble, loaded up for camping. One puncture from a nail. I might have been lucky, but that's my story. I had similar luck on the Darling River run, and in the Gawler Ranges in SA.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/356xxof3ig...d%203.jpg?dl=0

The car at Arkaroola - packed to the gunnels.

If you plan on doing the GRR or straying onto side tracks then some underbody protection might be a good idea - I would not worry about a lift. I would not take (what was at the time) my expensive car down a track I might get stuck on, particularly in somewhere as remote as the Kimberly.

Places like Windjana Gorge or Tunnel Creek are easy enough to get to as I recall. Mitchell Falls was serious 4WD country only. The OKA we were in (part of a tour) went real slow along that track.

Drysdale Station's website has good info about the GRR.

http://www.drysdaleriver.com.au/

Anyway that's a grumpy old man 2c worth - for what it's worth.

My avatar is the car on a side track near Lake Gairdner, SA. We stayed at Mt Ive station for a few days.
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